JWI Leadership

Board of Trustees

Kim Oster-Holstein, Chair
Vivian Bass, Chair-Elect 
Susan W. Turnbull, Immediate Past Chair
Tami Ackerman

Robyn Altman
Miri Cypers

Nicole Feld

Susan Feldman
Meryl Frank

Toby Graff
 

Mardi Kunik
Erica Leatham
Diane Radin

Rabbi Susan Shankman
Deena Silver
Beth Sloan
Ellen Stone
Sandy Unger
Suzi Weiss-Fischmann

 

Chicago, IL
Bethesda, MD
Bethesda, MD
Long Beach, NY
Chevy Chase, MD
Washington, DC
New York, NY
West Bloomfield, MI
Highland Park, NJ
New York, NY
Bellaire, TX
Potomac, MD
Austin, TX
Washington, DC
Oldsmar, FL
Potomac, MD
New York, NY
Eagan, MN
Los Angeles, CA

Executive Director Lori Weinstein, Chair-Elect Vivian Bass, Chair Kim Oster-Holstein and Immediate Past Chair Susan W. Turnbull

 

Kim Oster-Holstein

Kim Oster-Holstein, of Chicago, Ill., co-founder of Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, is knee deep in salty and sweet confections as CEO and CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer) of Kim & Scott’s Crave. Kim and Scott are taking that same dedication they’ve used for the past 17 years to launch The Crave Bar, a scrumptious pretzel ice cream bar that is available locally and soon at TheCraveBar.com. Kim is continuing her instinctive passion for making a difference through Kim & Scott’s Crave. Similar to Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, Crave’s mission is to nourish, love and feed the stomachs, spirits and souls of the world community. Kim was a JWI Woman to Watch in 2010, Chair of the JWI Communications Committee, and Board Member for KIPP Academy Charter School in Chicago. She was elected the Chair of the JWI Board of Trustees in June 2013.


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Vivian Bass

Vivian Bass, of Bethesda, Md., is the Chief Executive Officer of The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH). She has dedicated her career to improving the quality of life, independence, community inclusion and dignity of individuals with disabilities on a non-sectarian basis throughout the Washington, D.C. area, nationally and internationally. She has served as a consultant to more than 25 communities over five continents. In addition to being sought as a speaker for major national and international disabilities and/or Jewish conferences, serving on numerous boards, and playing a pivotal role in a myriad of consortiums and legislative/consumer advocacy efforts, Vivian has been the recipient of many distinctions including 'Washingtonian of the Year' by Washingtonian Magazine. She is a 2007 JWI Community Leader Women to Watch Honoree, and she is also a Lion of Judah. She was elected the Vice-Chair of the JWI Board of Trustees in June 2013 and voted to be Chair-Elect in June 2015.


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Susan Turnbull

Susan W. Turnbull, of Bethesda, Md., is a life-long community activist who is involved with a myriad of social justice activities. A former JWI Woman to Watch, Ms. Turnbull devotes countless hours to philanthropic causes. In addition to her involvement with JWI, Ms. Turnbull also serves in leadership roles with: The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, EMERGE America, EMERGE Maryland, and the University of Maryland Institute for Citizenship and Politics. She is Immediate Past Chair of the JWI Board of Trustees, having served in that position from June 2009 to June 2013.


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 Tami Ackerman

Tami Ackerman is the Vice President of Programming for Sigma Delta Tau Sorority. Tami works directly with the philanthropic relationship between JWI and SDT. She holds her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island with a double major in Human Science and Services and Human Development and Family Studies. She also holds a master's degree from LIU Brooklyn in School Counseling. Tami worked for 8 years at the King's County District Attorney's office in the Truancy and Legal Lives programs. She also interned in their Domestic Violence Bureau. She resides in Long Beach, NY with her husband Matt and two daughters Rylee and Hannah.


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Robyn Altman is Vice President of Partnership Development & Ideation at Discovery Communications, where she leads a team that designs and develops educational initiatives with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, foundations and trade associations.  In this capacity, she is responsible for the strategy and ideation of programs that are delivered to educators, students and families at no cost, on critical topics such as STEM, workforce readiness, life skills, sustainability, digital literacy, and health and wellness. Prior to joining Discovery in 2005, Robyn held communications positions at the University of California, Berkeley, the office of U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu and the Senate Democratic Technology & Communications Committee. Robyn earned an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in Political Science from Brown University.  She resides in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband and two children, ages 5 and 7.


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Miri Cypers is Director of Federal Affairs and Partnerships at Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly. In her current position, she oversees ARS’ federal legislative agenda and works with Congressional offices, national partner organizations and women leaders to advance gun safety initiatives. Previously, Miri served as the Director of Advocacy and Leadership Programs at Jewish Women International, where she oversaw the organization's policy and advocacy efforts and founded and managed the Young Women's Leadership Network for young professional Jewish women. Before joining JWI, Miri served as a legislative aide to Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY). 


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Nicole Feld

Nicole Feld, of New York, N.Y., is Executive Vice President and Producer of Feld Entertainment, Inc., the world’s leading producer of live touring family entertainment. In this role, she oversees all elements of production for each new Feld show – from inception to final execution. Nicole has also personally produced more than 30 innovative shows for the company, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey and Disney On Ice. In addition to Nicole’s accomplishments at Feld Entertainment, Washingtonianlisted her as one of its “100 Most Powerful Women” in 2006 and in 2010 she was honored as a “Woman to Watch” by JWI. Nicole serves on the Advisory Board for Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc. and throughout each calendar year, along with her two sisters, she spearheads various initiatives on behalf of Feld Entertainment and the Feld Family Foundation, including work for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs, and other charities across the country. 


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Susan Feldman

Susan Feldman, of West Bloomfield, Mich., Endowment Specialist, The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, has an LLM in taxation, and spent 20 years practicing tax law. She also serves on the Board of JCADA – the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse in Detroit, Michigan. Feldman spent nine years in an abusive relationship, married to the Jewish doctor who was “every Jewish mother’s ideal dream.” She now speaks to groups far and wide, young and old, about surviving domestic violence, and was a speaker at JWI’s Second International Conference on Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community and at the 2011 Women to Watch Gala. Feldman is happily remarried and has three children and two step-children, all of whom are domestic violence advocates.


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Meryl Frank

Meryl Frank, of Highland Park, N.J., former U.S. Representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, established a consulting firm after completing her term as Ambassador, and now works with Women’s Campaign International (WCI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and other international organizations to promote women in leadership. Ambassador Frank works with a wide range of women, from the female Members of Parliament in Afghanistan, to basket weavers in rural Kenya, to women executives at Microsoft in the U.S. She became the (first female) mayor of Highland Park, N.J. in 2000, and she was recently named one of the “50 Most Influential Jews in the World” by the Jerusalem Post. She was a recipient of JWI’s Women to Watch award in 2010.


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Toby Graff

Toby Graff, of New York, NY, is the Senior Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. In this role, she oversees all corporate social responsibility, community outreach and cause marketing efforts. Previously, Toby was the senior vice president of public affairs and corporate communications for Lifetime Networks where she led the company’s Emmy® Award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns Graff held several positions in the Clinton Administration, including deputy press secretary for then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has been named as one of Broadcasting & Cable’s “Next Wave of Women” and CableFax’s “Rising Stars” and has received numerous honors. Toby also has served on the Education Advisory Board of New York City League of Women Voters, the Communications Advisory Board of RAINN (operator of the National Sexual Assault Hotline), the Myelin Repair Foundation Communications Advisory Board and the Advisory Council of the NYS Anti-Trafficking Coalition. She was a recipient of JWI’s Women to Watch award in 2006.


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Mardi Kunik

Mardi Kunik, of Bellaire, Tex., is the Past National President of Sigma Delta Tau sorority. She previously worked as an attorney before holding her current position as the Office Manager for the Clinic for Academic Therapy.  In addition to her involvement with SDT, she serves as the Vice-President of Public Affairs for the National Council of Jewish Women-Houston and is on the Board of Directors of her local JCC. She received a B.A. in History form the University of Texas and her J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law. She currently lives near Houston with her husband and two sons.


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Erica Leatham

Erica Leatham, of Potomac, Md., Of-Counsel, Real Estate Department, Ballard Spahr LLP., specializes in local zoning and land-use matters in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. She was named among 2012’s Top 100 Women in Maryland by The Daily Record (Baltimore), in recognition of “high-achieving Maryland women who are making an impact through their leadership, community service, and mentoring.” In 2010, she received the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network’s “20 Under 40” award, recognizing leaders in commercial real estate, and the Washington Business Journal’s 2010 “40 Under 40” award, honoring professionals based on business success and community involvement. Leatham lives in Potomac, Md. with her husband and two children. In 2011 she served as co-chair of JWI’s Women to Watch Gala.


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Diane Radin

Diane Radin, of Austin, Tex., is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Texas Mathematics Department, and a leader in both her local Jewish community and in JWI Currently chair of the Israel Task Force, a committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Community Association of Austin, she has served on boards at her synagogue, the Jewish Federation and Texas Hillel. A former national vice president of JWI, she served as chair or co-chair of JWI’s 1st, 2nd and 4th International Conferences on Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community. She is also a member of the Austin Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse. Her daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren live in Israel.


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Susan Shankman

Rabbi Susan Shankman is a rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Along with officiation at services, life cycle events and pastoral care and counseling, Rabbi Shankman coordinates the confirmation program, and focuses on programming for families with young children, sisterhood and women’s issues, social action, and outreach to interfaith families. She was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2001. As a rabbinical student, Rabbi Shankman served student pulpits in Valparaiso, Indiana and Columbus, Mississippi. Upon ordination, she received the Ferdinand M. Isserman Prize for her contributions to the development of community relations. Rabbi Shankman earned  a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s in religion from the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is immediate past president of the Washington Board of Rabbis, and serves on the boards of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She is also a member JWI’s National Clergy Task Force on Domestic Abuse, and was honored with the  Women to Watch Community Leadership Award in 2006 and the Matthew H. Simon Rabbinical Award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington in 2014. 

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Deena Silver

Deena Silver, of Oldsmar, Fla., is a program coordinator at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services for their Yad B’ Yad Program, matching Jewish children from single-parent families with Jewish mentors. She has been an active leader of JWI beginning in Massachusetts over 35 years ago. She is a past president of the JWI Clearwater, Florida Chapter, has served on the JWI National Volunteer Board and is the chair of the JWI National Leadership Council. Deena has been instrumental in the creation of the Jewish Alliance to End Domestic Abuse [JAEDA] in Florida’s Tampa Bay area and served as the co-chair of the JWI convened Council of Jewish Domestic Abuse Coalitions. She is a member of the Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force and serves on the Board of the Pinellas/Pasco Counties Jewish Federation.


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Beth Sloan

Beth Sloan, of Potomac, Md., a leader and volunteer in the Jewish community and beyond, has dedicated her time to numerous organizations, including JWI and the Service Guild of Washington, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Adas Israel Congregation, Washington Hebrew Congregation, National Family Resiliency Center, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Montgomery County Office of Consumer Affairs, and all of the schools attended by her three children. Formerly employed as a financial analyst for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and at eLink Communications, she also served as the former Development Director and Associate Executive Director for the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes. Sloan is a past chair of JWI’s Women to Watch.


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Ellen Stone

Ellen Stone, of New York, N.Y., Executive Vice President of Marketing, Bravo and Oxygen Media, oversees the development of all brand strategy, consumer, ad sales, license/merchandising, and digital marketing for Bravo, with multi-million dollar campaigns for franchises such as "The Real Housewives” and “Top Chef.” She also serves as a member of Bravo's senior management team shaping the network's overall strategy. Under Stone’s watch, her team earned the 2010 Digital Publishing & Advertising Award for Best Social Engagement Campaign, an IMA Outstanding Achievement Award, a Cablefaxie and three CTAM Mark Awards. She was a recipient of JWI’s Women to Watch award in 2011, and has consulted on JWI communications since being introduced to JWI.


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Sandy Unger

Sandy Unger, of Minneapolis/St. Paul, is a 30+ year governmental and non-profit management expert having held leadership positions within municipal recreation departments and Jewish Communal agencies in the Twin Cities. Sandy is currently working as the Youth Programs and Community Outreach Manager for Twin Cities in Motion, which produces the Twin Cities Marathon and a host of other races and programs fostering healthy lifestyles in the community. Locally, she serves on the Board of Directors of Cornerstone, a Twin Cities Agency working on prevention and rebuilding lives after Domestic Violence along with other community-wide initiatives working to reduce Domestic Violence. She is a 32-year member of JWI, is a Past JWI International President and served as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees from 2004-2007.


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Suzi Weiss-Fischmann

Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, of Los Angeles, Calif., Executive Vice-President & Artistic Director, OPI Products, Inc., known as “the First Lady of Nails,” creates every OPI nail lacquer shade and is the go-to color authority for beauty editors and fashion designers alike. Over the past thirty years, she has changed the nail care industry, paving the way for nail lacquer to become today’s hottest accessory. She is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, and emigrated to the U.S. from communist Hungary via Israel. Weiss-Fischmann served on the board of directors and the executive board of the Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School. Her philanthropy extends to numerous organizations, in Los Angeles and around the world. A recipient of JWI’s Women to Watch award in 2008, Weiss-Fischmann has been a JWI Mother’s Day Flower Project Partner for the last three years.


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